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  • Fire TV vs. Roku vs. Chromecast: Between a set-top box and a streaming stick

    By Simon Hill and Louis Ramirez on April 21, 2014

    As Amazon Fire TV bursts onto the market to compete with streamers like the Roku 3 and Apple TV, you may be wondering what these set-top boxes offer over cheaper streaming sticks, specifically Google's Chromecast and Roku's Streaming Stick.
  • Media Players and Video Formats: A Detailed Battery Life Analysis

    By Tim Schiesser on March 31, 2014

    Video playback is one common case scenario where efficiency is crucial and where a lengthy battery life is an infrequently found godsend. But what you may not realize is that the video player itself, and the format your videos are encoded in, can also have an impact on battery life consumption.
  • These 9 Devices Might Be a Waste of Your Money

    By Simon Hill on March 28, 2014

    Sometimes it pays to buy slightly older devices in place of tempting deals on newly released tech. But that approach to buying electronics can only take you so far. Before you consider buying any of the items on this list, think long and hard about whether such a device is actually a redundant waste of your money.
  • Screenshot Sharing in a Snap: 7 Free Alternatives to Droplr

    By Erik Orejuela on March 14, 2014

    Many of us at TechSpot use Droplr to quickly share screenshots. While this simple app is great at what it does, since it moved to a subscription-only model I decided to look for a replacement. It's just hard to justify paying $4.99 a month when there are quite a few options out there that work just as well. Here are 7 of them.
  • Mobile Messaging Clients Compared

    By Jose Vilches on February 25, 2014

    Messaging is not only among the top activities on smartphones (if not THE top activity), messaging apps are increasingly seen as social networks. After all people use them to send each other texts, videos, photos and other content either one-on-one or as a group. Sounds familiar, right?
  • The Homebrew Litecoin Mining Project

    By Shawn Knight on February 10, 2014

    If you're looking to treat virtual coin mining as a hobby, Litecoins are probably the best bet right now and we'll show you how to get started with choosing and configuring the hardware and software you'll need.
  • Testing Reliability: Puget Systems' List of Tried and True PC Hardware

    By Matt Bach on February 07, 2014

    We've all been there. You want to buy a new graphics card, you read the reviews, and settle on the best GPU within your budget. Then you have to decide from half dozen or so manufacturers that offer nearly identical hardware. But which is the most reliable?
  • How Much Does It Cost to Make a Video Game?

    By superannuation (via Kotaku) on January 22, 2014

    How much does a blockbuster game cost to make? Of all the opaque video game industry questions, this is perhaps the most opaque. Many in the industry don't even know the budgets of games. It is not unusual for developer working on a big-budget game to have no idea of the game's budget.
  • The World Wide Web Turns 25: A Timeline

    By Jose Vilches on January 12, 2014

    The web is turning 25 years old today. We've come a long way since Tim-Berners Lee wrote his paper proposing an information management system to facilitate information-sharing between physicists in universities and institutes around the world. Nowadays it's hard to imagine what life would be like without the web.
  • Free-For-All: How Valve Is Building a New Way to Play Games

    By Kirk Hamilton on January 10, 2014

    The decidedly odd, innovative Steam Controller. What will happen when a company steeped in software releases their first piece of hardware? No one -- including the people making the controller -- is quite sure.
  • 10 Mobile Tech Predictions for 2014

    By Tim Schiesser on January 02, 2014

    High resolution 1080p displays started to rival real paper, quad-core processors dominated, and smartphone cameras packed more megapixels than a professional DSLR. So what will 2014 bring?
  • WTF: 10 of the Weirdest Products Ever

    By Paula Kerrigan on December 18, 2013

    First, a friendly disclaimer. This is not a holiday shopping list. If you were hoping to find something useful to give, this ain't the place. For all the useful items you can potentially find while browsing around on Amazon, eBay or your online retailer of choice, there are always the occasional WTF?! products in the mix.
  • In Hindsight... Infamous Tech Industry Predictions and Quotations

    By Graham Singer on December 12, 2013

    The computing industry is fuelled by prediction and gossip. Before the patent became the carefully guarded weapon it is today, chip engineers from competing companies would often share an astounding amount of information on an informal basis -- not just with each other, but with the wider consumer audience as well.
  • Should You Buy a Sound Card? An Enthusiast's Perspective

    By Matthew DeCarlo on December 09, 2013

    There's no clear-cut metric to use as a guideline if you're shopping for a sound card. Lengthy audiophile reviews are available, but they generally don't offer a quantifiable takeaway if you have a limited point of reference and don't know much about the subject to begin with. I fall into that category.
  • Learn How to Code: 22 Free Online Resources

    By Wendy Boswell on December 09, 2013

    Whether you're looking for something new to learn, or just want to refresh your memory on something that might be a bit rusty, there are plenty of free sources online that you can take advantage of free code classes.
  • Xbox One vs. PS4: How They Stack Up Today

    By Kirk Hamilton on November 28, 2013

    Both the Xbox One and the PS4 received "Not Yet" verdicts in our reviews. Are they must-have systems? Are they essential? Not yet. Wait and see. That said, we've now compared both on a number of categories so if you're not one to wait, you'll definitely know what you are getting into with each of them.
  • 12 Ways Black Friday 2013 Will Be Different

    By Louis Ramirez on November 19, 2013

    As the official starter for the holiday shopping season, Black Friday is expected to be a frenzy of bargains, but with each passing year there are some elements that change. Our friends at DealNews feel that the best way to make the most of this annual shopping event is to be prepared. Here are 12 ways in which Black Friday 2013 will be different than previous years.
  • Hot PC Games for the 2013 Holiday Season

    By Matthew DeCarlo on November 11, 2013

    To help keep track of what's actually shipping over the year's final weeks, we've prepared a list of this season's hottest PC games ordered by their North American Windows release date. As always, you're welcome to pitch in with comments about PC releases we may have overlooked or otherwise excluded.
  • Building a Hackintosh with Quo's "Any OS" Motherboard

    By Jose Vilches on October 29, 2013

    Building a Hackintosh has definitely gotten easier over the years but there's still plenty of tinkering involved for the uninitiated. Earlier this year a company known as Quo launched a Kickstarter to fund a motherboard designed to run "any operating system". Though they don't explicitly market it as a Hackintosh board it's clearly one of the board's key selling points.
  • When Amazon's Customer Reviews Get Ridiculous (and Seriously Funny)

    By Evan Dashevsky and Alan Byrne on October 21, 2013

    What these reviews lack in helpfulness they make up for in gleeful goofiness. For its part, Amazon hasn't tried to dissuade this phenomenon, as these self-generating memes can actually increase sales. For example, when an unexceptional graphic T-shirt featuring three howling wolves caught the ire of the sarcastic community in 2008, it went on to become one of the top selling pieces of apparel on Amazon that year.
  • Windows 8.1: Six Things Microsoft Got Right and Others That Are Still Missing

    By Julio Franco on October 15, 2013

    Not unlike previous releases of Microsoft's ubiquitous desktop OS, Windows 8 has faced a lot of scrutiny in the year it's been available. Every time the company has made a drastic change to Windows, it's been on the losing end of user opinion. Windows 8 has been no different.
  • Technology Before Its Time: 9 Products That Were Too Early to Market

    By Shawn Knight on October 11, 2013

    Every now and again, someone comes up with a revolutionary idea for a product or service and brings it to market. Just as often, however, the supporting technology isn't there, consumers aren't ready to embrace it, or management mishandles its launch. Some ideas just aren't meant to take root no matter how groundbreaking.
  • The Best Android Games: 12 Must-Play Titles

    By Evan Narcisse on October 09, 2013

    Google's mobile OS keeps proliferating on more and more handsets and the games hitting that hardware keep getting better. Among our picks are Angry Birds Star Wars II, which is a mild improvement over the original but an improvement nonetheless, as well as Reaper, Temple Run 2, The Room, and more.
  • iOS 7: Six Things Apple Got Right and Six That Are Still Missing

    By Shawn Knight on October 04, 2013

    Described as the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone, iOS 7 has been available to the general public for roughly two weeks at this point. Looking beyond the flat UI and the animated background, has that much really changed in Apple's mobile OS? Here are 6 things they got right and 6 still missing.
  • 10 Electronic Devices That Are Nearly Impossible to Repair

    By Lou Carlozo on September 23, 2013

    It's becoming tradition that with every new high-profile gadget release, we showcase whatever findings the repair commandos at iFixit.com share with us. If it's controversy and indignation you want, this is the week you've been waiting for! Here are iFixit's top 10 hardest-to-repair electronics.
  • Building a Small Form Factor Gaming System with the Silverstone Sugo SG10 and Haswell Hardware

    By Steven Walton on July 25, 2013

    We are putting today's top small form factor hardware together in hopes of building an enthusiast-worthy gaming system that you can easily transport, use as a a small workstation or fit comfortably along your living room equipment for HTPC purposes.
  • PC Games That Weren't Cancelled, But Should Have Been

    By TechSpot Staff on June 24, 2013

    Although some decent games do poorly for no good reason, many titles are so headscratchingly bad that you have to wonder why the developer even bothered. In the group of terribly bad games, there are the truly bad ones and then there are the big flops: those that have built an irredeemable amount of hype. Here's our list of PC gaming shame: titles that weren't cancelled but should have been.
  • The One Thing Next-Gen Consoles Could Really Learn From The PC

    By Luke Plunkett on June 20, 2013

    Steam gets a lot of credit for rejuvenating the PC gaming market, and there's one area it deserves more praise than anywhere else: its regular, highly-discounted sales. The PS4, Xbox One and Wii U are all very different consoles, but there's one thing I wish all three had in common: their digital pricing. Something they could learn from the PC.
  • Prison Architect: One of 2013's Most Interesting PC Games

    By Stephen Totilo on June 03, 2013

    Prison Architect is like SimPrison made by people who seem to be damn near fearless about making video games about uncomfortable topics. Indie studio Introversion's developers served up some fascinating answers to our questions about the possibilities of a game about building and running a prison.
  • A Stroll Down Memory Lane: Best 3dfx Glide Games

    By Shawn Knight on May 28, 2013

    Having a specialized API could be arguably said was both the highlight and the downfall for 3dfx. The Glide API when used in conjunction with Voodoo hardware optimized the overall gaming experience and for the few short years that Glide reigned supreme, several games based its 3d implementation in this proprietary API.